St. John's Church

Vilnius, Lithuania

One of the most picturesque parts of the Vilnius University is the St. John's Church and its bell tower. The construction of the Gothic style church lasted for almost 40 years and was completed in 1426. In 1571 the church was transferred to the Order of Jesuits and became a part of the university complexes.

Besides masses, the Church of Sts. Johns has also witnessed student protests, theatre performances, and welcoming ceremonies for kings. In Soviet times, it was turned into a warehouse. Later, the University Museum was established there. Today St. John's is again a Roman Catholic church. It was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993.

The bell tower of the church, which is 68 meters high, is among the highest buildings in the Old Town. The present facade was designed in the 18th century by the most prominent Vilnius Baroque architect, Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas (Johan Christoph Glaubitz).

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Founded: 1386-1426
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Vincenzo Palma (5 months ago)
Very beautiful, in the yard of university
Vytis K. (5 months ago)
masks on
Ajay Tejwani (12 months ago)
I wonder sometimes what amazing craftsmanship Was done in the olden times.
Paul Steel (12 months ago)
So many beautiful churches for such a small,proud flourishing nation
Ramūnas Skaudžius (13 months ago)
Impressive church itself. The worship is very special, especially with gospel chorus each Sunday 1 p.m.
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